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Can Sochi maintain the Legacy for the Olympic and Parlympic Winter Games?

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games have high expectations and sustainable development plan in place to make these games a success. I believe the most difficult process of this is to maintain the Olympic Game Legacy as well as Sochi, Russia contributing their own uniqueness during their host of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The Games in Sochi are going to be highly innovative Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, that will express the spirit of modern Russia and bring with them sustainable, positive change for the whole country.

They want any participants, competitors and billion of TV viewers to come away with a positive impression of the Games and of Russia leaving a rich legacy for Sochi, Russia. They are planning for more than short-term their long term-goals are to be a positive contribution to their economy, cultural and environmental development of the entire Krasnodar Region. There are many examples of how the games have transformed an image of a city and can be an overall positive experience for these cities.

This rich legacy – material and non-material – remains in the host country for many years, which is why many nations compete for the right to host the Games. For the winning country, the Games are a project of national value.

The Russian Diamond is of high importance as well when talking about the values of the games. They consist of

  1. Excellence
  2. Efficiency
  3. Integration
  4. Hospitality
  5. Unity
  6. Uniqueness
  7. Respect
  8. Legacy
  9. Harmony

Sochi 2014 Organizing committee has 11 strategic objectives in place to be the most successful and they have 6 main areas of activity in the field of sustainability for the preparation of staging the Games in 2014 they are

  1. Healthy Lifestyle – develop mass and professional sport, promote healthy lifestyles, and make it possible for people with disabilities to participate in sports.
  2. Harmony with Nature – Minimal impact on climate, zero waste games and enlightenment games.
  3. Barrier-free Environment – accessibility standards and requirements that are imposed on the host-city of the Games by the IOC and the IPC.
  4. Economic Prosperity – develop job markets, develop Sochi as a mountain climate resort and sports center at an international level and help stabilize the economic development.
  5. Modern Technologies – use of innovative technology solutions, development of a legal normative base, distribution of cutting-edge experience in the area of organizing sports and mass events and the perfection of approaches and practices in the management of large projects at a federal level.
  6. Culture and National Values – maintain culture diversity, maintaining culture legacy and develop patriotism and the feeling of national pride.

With all of these procedures and emphasize on these values and preparation steps I believe Sochi, Russia can host an excellent Olympic and Paralymic Winter Games.

Can Sochi Get it Done?

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The vision of the Winter 2014 Olympic games held in Sochi, Russia is set high. It states that

 “highly innovative Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, that will express the spirit of modern Russia and bring with them sustainable, positive change for the whole country.”

This is a big promise to fulfill while preparing for Olympic games. However, with the research done and information given, it seems to me that Sochi will be able to deliver on their promises.

This video shows a man speaking on behalf of an organizing committee for the 2014 games. He stresses that the most important thing is to build things that are environmentally friendly while still getting the job done. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nAG7-nj9bQ . Along with building green, some other sustainable features they plan to achieve are healthy lifestyles, modern technologies, economic prosperity and sustainable development management systems.

If you look at the website, it shows that every thing they are doing that is sustainable is going to help them in the future. For example, they believe that opportunities created by the Olympic project will ensure them long term sustainable development and prosperity of Sochi. It will also create more jobs and opportunity for professional sports.

Things similar to promoting healthy living within Sochi will make sure Sochi is around for a while with healthy individuals. According to the checklist there are many ways planned to promote a healthy lifestyle.

There are nine different ways of how Sochi is going to create sustainable development for the 2014 winter Olympics. In each of the nine ways, there are specific steps and direction on what is going to happen in order to achieve them. If they were not serious about these, they would’t have come up with a plan to conquer them. This is the future of their life and to pass up an opportunity that is a once in a lifetime chance would be failure. I am confident and do believe that Sochi will get everything they plan on getting done, done before the games begin. Promise = Delivery.

Sochi 2014…push in the right direction or pushing too hard?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The Sochi Organizing Committee stages and prepares for the 2014 Olympic Games.  The purpose of the committee is to make a large amount of opportunities from the Games in Sochi for keeping alive long-term development in the area.  While preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the Organizing Committee sees sustainability to mean creating positive changes in the area socially, economically and environmentally.  They believe that this can be done by the resources available.  For the committee to achieve the sustainability they strive for, six main areas of topics will prepare for the stagings of the event.  These six topics include: healthy lifestyle, harmony with nature, barrier-free environment, economic prosperity, modern technologies and culture and national values.  To be able to reach these six topics, a program of action in the field of sustainability within the Olympic project for 2011-2014 has been created. http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/

 

The six topics to achieve sustainability are good topics to start to find achievement.  Unfortunately, it seems as though some of the topics may be more attainable than others as well as realistic.  Economic Prosperity absolutely has the possibility to achieve its goals.  The Olympic Games is a celebration of sports and events that brings the entire world together in competition.  To be able to see first hand the best of the best compete against one another is an incredible opportunity and site to see.  Since people love watching the Games, it will bring greater numbers in population to the place in which it is held, Sochi.  The Organizing Committee sees this as a huge opportunity to “ensure long term sustainable development and prosperity of the city of Sochi, the Krasnodar region and all of Russia.”  They hope to see this as providing a more stable economic development for the area which can develop the job market.  In preparation for the Games, new roads, railways, and other types of transportation opportunities are arising.  This infrastructure and new venues will allow for Sochi to develop as a city, but for the development of Russia as well.

http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/economy/

 

The area of modern technologies is an area that can be achieved by the committee.  With the progress that as been made through technology in the past years, broadcasting through media and the technological devices that run it have allowed for better footage and coverage of the event.  The Organizing Committee says:

“The technological solutions of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee will provide high quality services to all of their clients: The Olympic and Paralympic Families, athletes, media, Games personnel, the spectators at the stadiums and the international audience of the Games.”

http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/technology/

 

Topics such as healthy living will be very difficult to achieve.  This will be very difficult to accomplish because of personal lifestyle and decisions that people make individually.  The Organizing Committee says that they want to make healthy eating, stop making smoking and drinking popular, and help increase the physical activity level of a person.  The Games is a time of celebration of sport and competition across the world.  In times of celebration, people tend to enjoy smoking and drinking, which will make it very difficult to become an activity in minority.  Trying to make people change their current ways of living by asking them to increase their physical activity and decrease the amount of alcohol and smoking is nearly impossible.  If people want to change, they will.  Promoting a healthy lifestyle at the Games would be beneficial because it would be informative, but it would not be pushing people in directions that they do not want to go.

 

In conclusion, it appears as though the Organizing Committee has some great ideas for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.  Unfortunately, some topics would appear to be incredibly difficult, for it pushes people in directions that they are not ready for.  Some types of change are greater and more significant than others, and because of this people have to want to see that change.